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Old 11-03-2012, 12:45 PM   #1
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Finally joined FI. Initial thoughts & questions

Hi FI forum! I'm glad to finally join in. I just finished the install of a VFE V3 Supercharger on my 2001 330cic.
The install wasn't bad, but there were a few parts that were a PITA.
The instructions got the job done, but they were far from good, missed a lot of things that I just had to figure out, pictures weren't good, custom things I had to do that weren't mentioned, and more. For something so expensive, that's pretty terrible, especially since it's so easy for the company to fix, but they just don't take the time to provide that service to their customer.

Dealing with VFE was ok. They were very nice & helpful because I had to swap some parts. Sending & receiving the ecu was easy & they were kind enough to call me prior to sending back to discuss how my engine mods would/wouldn't work with the kit. The only down side is that I emailed them a couple times a week ago, having the car complete & ready to go except I needed to swap the pulley from one sized for an automatic to a manual. I still haven't gotten a reply. That was frustrating as I was anxious to drive the car.

The instructions don't mention anything about how the oem headlight ballast gets in the way. I used to have the m3 mount so my dinan cai fit. It was in the way, so I put it back in the stock location, only to find out that didn't fit either. I ended up putting it back where the m3 mount went, but had to do some custom work to make it fit.

Questions and issues:

- even with the power steering resivior relocation bracket, it didn't really fit. It's so tightly fit the corner is scratching the hell out of the intake manifold, so I dremeled the corner down a bit. It still sits too tall and touches my cf hood.

- the power steering resivior completely covers any access to the supercharger oil dipstick.

Is there a solution to both of those issues?

I also blew the valve cover gasket already, so that has to be replaced. Is there any FI tips when replacing it to strengthen things to accommodate the sc?

Thanks everyone!
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Oh, and at idle, this vortech unit rattles like crazy....
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I honestly don't understand how some companies write their instructions/appoint their people.

All should take example from Bensian systems. Those are properly ordered instructions.
Some of the DIY's here are in a higher league than most manuals I've read, its really sad.
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I totally dig the VFE V3 kit wish they up the stage and psi...

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I honestly don't understand how some companies write their instructions/appoint their people.

All should take example from Bensian systems. Those are properly ordered instructions.
Some of the DIY's here are in a higher league than most manuals I've read, its really sad.
If your mechanically inclined you wont need it...

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I totally dig the VFE V3 kit wish they up the stage and psi...



If your mechanically inclined you wont need it...
Yes, u can complete it with the instructions the way they are, but it would just save so much time and be of better service for their clients if they were better.

But yes, I wish they would up the stage, psi, and add a fmic.
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Even with instruction some people don't need to be installing S/C. That is why most F/I instruction are vague. To overwhelm the client to get a professional to install it.

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Yes, u can complete it with the instructions the way they are, but it would just save so much time and be of better service for their clients if they were better.

But yes, I wish they would up the stage, psi, and add a fmic.
Fo sho. Let us know how it goes. Did you install a AFR?

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And where does this professional get his torque specs, manufacturer specifc maintenance schedule, and list of warranty limitations?

This is exactly why companies like ST are given the opportunity to extort customers, refusing warranty work if they claim unmodified coilovers ran on too low of a setting.
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And where does this professional get his torque specs, manufacturer specifc maintenance schedule, and list of warranty limitations?

This is exactly why companies like ST are given the opportunity to extort customers, refusing warranty work if they claim unmodified coilovers ran on too low of a setting.
I would hate to sell you a F/I if u was ever in the market... Sounds like you want HIGH Dollar stuff for a small budget.

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Hi FI forum! I'm glad to finally join in. I just finished the install of a VFE V3 Supercharger on my 2001 330cic.
The install wasn't bad, but there were a few parts that were a PITA.
The instructions got the job done, but they were far from good, missed a lot of things that I just had to figure out, pictures weren't good, custom things I had to do that weren't mentioned, and more. For something so expensive, that's pretty terrible, especially since it's so easy for the company to fix, but they just don't take the time to provide that service to their customer.

Dealing with VFE was ok. They were very nice & helpful because I had to swap some parts. Sending & receiving the ecu was easy & they were kind enough to call me prior to sending back to discuss how my engine mods would/wouldn't work with the kit. The only down side is that I emailed them a couple times a week ago, having the car complete & ready to go except I needed to swap the pulley from one sized for an automatic to a manual. I still haven't gotten a reply. That was frustrating as I was anxious to drive the car.

The instructions don't mention anything about how the oem headlight ballast gets in the way. I used to have the m3 mount so my dinan cai fit. It was in the way, so I put it back in the stock location, only to find out that didn't fit either. I ended up putting it back where the m3 mount went, but had to do some custom work to make it fit.

Questions and issues:

- even with the power steering resivior relocation bracket, it didn't really fit. It's so tightly fit the corner is scratching the hell out of the intake manifold, so I dremeled the corner down a bit. It still sits too tall and touches my cf hood.

- the power steering resivior completely covers any access to the supercharger oil dipstick.

Is there a solution to both of those issues?

I also blew the valve cover gasket already, so that has to be replaced. Is there any FI tips when replacing it to strengthen things to accommodate the sc?

Thanks everyone!
In my mind. If you blew your valve cover gasket.....something is wrong.

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I would hate to sell you a F/I if u was ever in the market... Sounds like you want HIGH Dollar stuff for a small budget.
You got a sh!tty kit for a high dollar price, I feel for you more. No hard feelings, I see all your FS threads 3 different injectors for sale, etc... How much did AA pay you, to you R&D their product? Why are you selling so many parts? From all your FS threads, sounds like you replaced a lot of things you didn't need to.
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I would hate to sell you a F/I if u was ever in the market... Sounds like you want HIGH Dollar stuff for a small budget.
Actually, it sounds more like you don't understand the concept of getting what you rightly paid for.

The solution is to throw money at the problem, am I right assuming this is how you cope with your issues?
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Questions and issues:

- even with the power steering resivior relocation bracket, it didn't really fit. It's so tightly fit the corner is scratching the hell out of the intake manifold, so I dremeled the corner down a bit. It still sits too tall and touches my cf hood.

- the power steering resivior completely covers any access to the supercharger oil dipstick.

Is there a solution to both of those issues?

I also blew the valve cover gasket already, so that has to be replaced. Is there any FI tips when replacing it to strengthen things to accommodate the sc?

Thanks everyone!
Power steering res is a tight fit. I have to unbolt it to check the dipstick. Not that big a deal to me...
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Oh, and at idle, this vortech unit rattles like crazy....
This will get quieter over time.
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You got a sh!tty kit for a high dollar price, I feel for you more. No hard feelings, I see all your FS threads 3 different injectors for sale, etc... How much did AA pay you, to you R&D their product? Why are you selling so many parts? From all your FS threads, sounds like you replaced a lot of things you didn't need to.
My FS thread is not relevant from my s/c install. These are parts I have laying around the house.

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Power steering res is a tight fit. I have to unbolt it to check the dipstick. Not that big a deal to me...
Yeah, unbolting to get to dipstick isn't that big of a deal i guess. I'm more concerned that it's scratching my Vorstiener hood since it touches, so i put a piece of dynamat on the reservoir lid for now until i find another solution.

I thought i remembered seeing a company that makes a replacement part for this to solve this... Like a shorter revoir or something. Either that or I'll move it to the passenger side since i don't have a washer fluid tank anyway.




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This will get quieter over time.

Really? I hope so. I thought maybe it was loud because it was low on sc oil, but the dipstick showed normal level. I guess I'll just have to hope & wait & see. Thanks for the replies!




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No worries
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Did you install a AFR?

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Not yet... Suggestions?




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Plumbing is pretty straight forward so i don't think i did anything wrong. I'm hoping it's because I've never replaced the vcg on my car so it was old. It wasn't like seriously blown, but at the front, around the vanos area and above the front heat shield, i can see where the fresh oil leaked out after a drive. The only reason i knew was cause i smelled it burning when i turned on hvac while driving.
I got the parts to do vanos sealed while I'm at it, so the car should feel better after all that.
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Not yet... Suggestions?
LC-1 is what I am using at the moment in Both cars (e30 and e46)

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